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Abu Dhabi bets on anti-dust solar panelsSCIDEV.NET | 05 Mar 2012
[CAIRO] Abu Dhabi is teaming up with a global electronics company to develop better coatings for solar panels to make them cheaper and easier to keep clean in desert conditions.The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region stands to benefit from concentrated solar power (CSP) — a technology that uses lenses or mirrors to focus large amounts of sunlight onto a small area. This light is converted to heat, which generates electricity.
EGYPT: Major headaches for water plannersIRIN News | 18 Oct 2011
SHARQIA 18 October 2011 (IRIN) - Leaking water pipes, evaporation and a rapidly growing population may be significant concerns for those trying to manage and plan water supplies in Egypt, but compounding such problems - and forcing Egyptians to rethink how they use water - is the threat posed by downstream countries which also want to take more water from the Nile, say observers.
Nile Basin Countries Hopeful Framework Pact To Be SignedAfricaFiles | 05 Mar 2011
There are only two months left for The Nile Basin upstream states to convince Egypt, Sudan, Burundi and The Democratic Republic of Congo to sign the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement, which would guarantee water security for all nations who receive water via the Nile River.
Burundi joins Nile basin pact opposed by EgyptReuters | 01 Mar 2011
Burundi has signed up to an agreement to alter historic water-sharing arrangements for the River Nile, posing a diplomatic challenge for interim military rulers in Egypt, which rejects the pact.
North Africa & Middle East: Civil unrest Emergency appeal n' MDR82001feedproxy.google.com | 01 Mar 2011
Weeks of civil strife and unrest in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have provoked significant concerns related to security, safety, protection, and threats to livelihoods. Given the general insecurity and the negative economic and financial consequences, significant spontaneous population movements have been triggered, primarily from Libya to the neighbouring countries of Tunisia and Egypt.
Why Biofuels Help Push Up World Food Pricesfeedproxy.google.com | 15 Feb 2011
Bryan Walsh argues that a combination of bad weather, economic growth, and biofuel production created record high food prices. It's easy to miss amid the drama of Egypt — though the two stories are connected — but the world is in the grip of a full-blown food crisis. According to the U.N., world...
EGYPT: Cairo residents grapple with food shortages, security threatsIRIN News | 03 Feb 2011
It is 6.00am and Rida Mansur feels she is running late. The 57-year-old mother of five has to get to the vegetable market early to buy food for her family before things run out. But she was not lucky today: All she could get were a few expensive tomatoes and cucumbers. Mansurs problems are compounded by the night-time curfews which began on 28 January and which restrict consumers options in terms of when they can shop, and make it hard for farmers to get their produce to market.
Cairo upgrades battered taxis, cleans up imageReuters | 19 Jan 2011
Grimy old Fiats and Ladas have long been a defining feature of Cairo's creaking taxi fleet, clogging the city's streets and sputtering out fumes. Now the scruffy black-and-white cabs are giving way to metered, air-conditioned cars assembled in Egypt using kits from firms like General Motors, Hyundai of South Korea and China's Chery. Taxis under the French brand Peugeot originate from factories in Iran.
EGYPT: Shark Attacks Bite TourismInter Press Service | 06 Jan 2011
The beaches of Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh are tentatively back to normal after having recently been the site of five separate shark attacks, one of which proved fatal. While the phenomenon's precise cause remains undetermined, local experts fear that the spate of attacks could have dire consequences for Egypt's vital tourism industry - especially in the event of another incident.
Israel Now Builds Separation Wall With Africaips.org | 16 Dec 2010
After the separation barrier against Palestinian territories, Israel has begun to build a new wall, this one to keep migrants from Africa out. The Israeli government approved plans late last month to build a detention camp near its border with Egypt to house illegal African immigrants. Local...
Egypt killed wrong sharks after diver attacks: NGOReuters | 04 Dec 2010
Conservation workers in Egypt caught and killed the wrong sharks after attacks on four foreign divers at a Red Sea resort, and the shark responsible for the attacks is still at large, a marine NGO said.
Egypt says "amazed" by Ethiopia's Nile remarksReuters | 23 Nov 2010
Egypt said it was "amazed" by Ethiopia's suggestion on Tuesday that Cairo might turn to military action in a row over the Nile waters, saying it did not want confrontation and was not backing rebels there.
EGYPT: Soaring Food Prices Squeeze Poorips.org | 22 Nov 2010
Prices for most basic food commodities in Egypt have finally returned to earth – more or less – after soaring to unprecedented levels over the summer. But steadily rising food costs in recent years, along with the governments seeming disinclination to take effective steps to regulate the market, continue to be the source of mounting public anger.
Egypt: Fooling Fish to Grow and MultiplyInter Press Service | 18 Nov 2010
Surrounded by glass jugs and beakers full of bubbling green slime, Mohamed Ashour appears to be experimenting with a new formula for pea soup. As part of his daily rounds, the Egyptian researcher checks the valves on the tubing connecting each vessel, ensuring their verdant-hued contents are adequately aerated.
EGYPT: Black cloud season sees rise in health problemsIRIN News | 08 Nov 2010
CAIRO - Every year a noxious black smog hangs over Egypt as the seasonal burning of rice straw by farmers begins, and with it comes a surge in allergic reactions and lung infections. The inky haze lasts from October to November; it is a time when hospitals see a rise in patient numbers, and parents consider keeping their children out of school to avoid the worst of the throat-burning smog.
EGYPT: Seeking to grow cereals on African farmlandIRIN News | 08 Nov 2010
CAIRO - The Egyptian government is hoping to cultivate wheat and other cereals on fertile land in African countries to feed its growing population of over 80 million. In early September it signed a deal with the Sudanese government to give Egyptian companies access to Sudanese farmland.
Finding More Fish, Between Egypt and Vietnamips.org | 29 Oct 2010
CAIRO – Combine the experience of Africas leading freshwater fish producer with that of one of Asias fastest-growing mariculture sectors. Fisheries experts in Egypt and Vietnam hope it will lead to a robust aquaculture industry that utilises both river and sea to feed growing populations and generate export revenues.
Poor Thirst as Nile Taps Run DryInter Press Service | 06 Sep 2010
The midday sun punishes a group of veiled women as they wait in line to fill their buckets and jerrycans. They have travelled on foot to a rusty tap on the outskirts of Cairo that gushes irrigation water never intended for human consumption.
Egypt: Fishing in the SewerAllAfrica.com | 31 Dec 2009
After four hours on the Nile in a rowboat with his two sons, fisher Hussein Abdel Malek tallies the morning catch: a plastic water bottle, an empty juice box, a half dozen plastic bags and two small tilapia.